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Measuring the Intentional World: Realism, Naturalism, and Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences Paperback – April 3, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195166590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195166590
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,363,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is much of value in Trout's book. The careful sorting out of often confused realist claims is welcome. His recognition that the social sciences sometimes have measurement and testing procedures akin to those of the natural sciences is also a welcome antidote to the long tradition of arguing about their scientific status without looking at what they actually do. Trout's claim that assessments of realism issues require carefully looking at specific theories seems to me particularly valuable."--Philosophical Review

"This is an interesting, complex, and important book. Indeed, it may well be the most important book in the philosophy of the social sciences since Rosenberg's Sociobiology and the Preemption of Social Science (1980). In addition to developing an original and intriguing naturalistic account of psychology and the social sciences, Trout offers the reader a most nuanced analysis of various forms of scientific realism, as well as a well-developed version of naturalistic epistemology."--Teaching Philosophy

"A radical book, and essential reading for courses in philosophy of science, statistics, and research methods."--Choice

About the Author

J.D. Trout is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Parmly Hearing Institute at Loyola University in Chicago. He is co-author of The Theory of Knowledge: A Thematic Introduction (OUP, 1998) and co-editor of Contemporary Materialism (with Paul Moser) and The Philosophy of Science (with Richard Boyd and Philip Gasper).

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Livacic on January 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When the psychologist decide to leave the mentalistic culture and take the science and statistical methods as tool for work, then our history will change. Before was Fisher, Gosset, Skinner an so on., and now is the moment to give the oportunity for J. D Truot's book to remember our responsability.
I recommend it without fear.
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